Wellness Department Collaboration with GRCC Older Learner Center

Older Learner Center participants learned how to save a life and recognize signs and symptoms for a Stroke using the F.A.S.T. approach, a heart attack, and also if a victim goes unconscious and has no signs of life.  After learning about signs and symptoms of stroke, heart attacks and victims with no signs of life the Older Learner Center Participants learned how to care for a stroke victim, how to care for a heart attack victim, and how to do Hands-Only CPR.  Thank you to the 30+ participants from the Older Learner Center, Mike Faber, and Wellness Instructors Lannie Collard and Melanie Schiele Gady for making this collaboration a success.

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GRCC In the News, 10-17-13

GRCC psychology speaker series to tackle stress, human sexuality

Oct. 16, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College’s Psychology Department Speaker Series will feature discussions on topics ranging from stress management and human sexuality to whether sports matter as much to girls and boys.

Several hundred KVCC students to turn out for inaugural C3 day of service Friday

Oct. 17, 2013; MLive

KALAMAZOO, MI — On Friday, up to 400 Kalamazoo Valley Community College students will deploy throughout the city to paint, clean, pull weeds, repair picnic tables and ready community gardens for the winter.

… Psychology instructor Urminda Firlan, who is serving as a faculty adviser for the event, led a similar project at Grand Rapids Community College.

Midseason Grades: Volleyball earns A-

Oct. 16, 2013; Grand Valley Lanthorn

It would be an understatement to say the No. 20 Grand Valley State University women’s volleyball team has exceeded its expectations midway through its 2013 campaign. GVSU (14-3, 8-1 GLIAC) currently holds the No. 1 spot in the conference after being tabbed as the North Divisions third-best team in the 2013 GLIAC Coaches Preseason Volleyball Poll.

… Junior setter Kaitlyn Wolters has been a key piece to the puzzle after transferring from Grand Rapids Community College where she won a NJCAA Division II National Championship in 2012. Wolters has quickly adjusted to competition in the GLIAC and appears to be a catalyst offensively.

Funday to include mechanical bull, snacks


Monday, October 21st

12:30 PM to 3:30 PM

Dr. Juan Olivarez Student Plaza (Bostwick Commons)

Large Inflatables, Mechanical Bull, Spin Art Frisbees, and a “stuff-a-hand” activity. There will be Halloween Decorated plastic gloves that students will get to stuff with candy, popcorn and other mini-snacks.


*This event is a make-up day from Monday’s Welcome Week Activities that were canceled due to weather.

Sponsored by Campus Activities Board

United Way update: $7,784 so far

These containers can be found at 15 campus locations.

These containers can be found at 15 campus locations.

Here’s how GRCC is doing in this year’s United Way campaign:  $7,764.00 has been contributed through pledges and $20 came from “Jeans Day” participation. Great job!

You still have time to turn in your forms (or wear your jeans) because our campaign runs through runs through October 25.

Don’t forget: You can donate to the United Way — and get rid of your spare change — through the “United Coins” bottles throughout campus.

Only a few seats remain for Garbage Tour

Find out where your garbage goes! GRCC’s popular Garbage Tour takes you on a 5 1/2-hour educational journey of the main facilities in Kent County that deal with post-consumer waste, i.e., garbage.

Whether you are looking for ways to reduce waste for your business or home, this expedition will take you where most are forbidden to go!

We will start with a visit to the incinerator. Experts will describe the inputs (garbage) and outputs (electricity) for this facility and what it provides for the Grand Rapids area. Our second stop is the materials recovery facility. Here we will be guided on a walking tour and educational discussion of Kent County’s state of the art recycling efforts. There will also be an opportunity to eat your sack lunch here. We’ll see the mountains of yard waste diverted for composting, and learn how and where this is done.

Our final stop is an up-close and personal bus tour of the local landfill. Enjoy the view while professional landfill personnel describe the engineering features and local statistics for use of the South Kent Landfill.

The bus boards at 10:30 a.m. October 22, 2013, at Tassell M-TEC. It returns to Tassell M-TEC by 4 p.m. Casual dress, with closed-toe shoes, is recommended. Please bring your own sack lunch. The tour costs $33 for GRCC students and $43 for the public.

To register, click here.

Screening Committee classes added to schedule


Thu Oct 24, 2013 from 3:45 – 6:15 PM in Room 122 LRC (Diversity Learning Center multi-purpose room)

Thu Oct 31, 2013 from 3:45 – 6:15 PM in Room 122 LRC (Diversity Learning Center multi-purpose room)

This learning session is designed to brief all screening committee team members regarding their roles and responsibilities in the search process. Topics that will be covered include:

A.  Overview of Search Process

B.  Position Approval Process

C.  Recruitment/ SAAR Notebook Review Including:

  1. Screening Committee & Leadership Roles
  2. Candidate Screening/ Recruitment Solutions Training
  3. Interview Questions, Presentations/Demonstrations
  4. Diversity Considerations and Goals
  5. Effective Evaluation Tools and Consensus Decision-Making
  6. Human Resources Responsibilities.

Learning Objectives: Participants will understand their role in the selection of excellent candidates for staff and faculty positions and the hiring objectives, and legal parameters for assessing and recommending future staff and faculty members.

Workshop facilitated by employees in the Diversity Learning Center and Human Resources Department.

Staff and Faculty, please register online at http://www.grcc.edu/staffdevelopment/currentlearningopportunitiesregistration or call Staff Development at ext. 4285.

Mathematics Seminar looks at percentages

The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department will host its next Mathematics Seminar on Thursday, October 17, 3:00 – 4:00 PM in 107 Cook.  Our presenter, GRCC Adjunct Mathematics Instructor Radu Teodorescu, will speak an alternative approach to the concept of percent.  Please see the title and abstract for more information.

The mathematics in this seminar will be accessible to all, and should give attendees a new perspective on a very familiar topic.  Everyone in the greater GRCC community is welcome.

Pop and cookies will be served at 2:45 PM.

 Old News About Percentages

 Everyone has heard of percent.  Beginning with pre-algebra, it is taught at GRCC in a variety of courses.  Many of the current methods for teaching percent problems have been used for decades.  This talk will submit an idea slightly different from traditional concepts.  Some may agree with it, many others may have reservations and even objections.  However, it is hoped that many in the audience will be surprised by some of the interpretations revealed during the talk.